Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles and in nitrocans. Also Nitro Keg on Tap
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
Ingredients: Pale ale and crystal malt, chocolate malt, special blend of sugars, Fuggle and Goldings hops, real dark chocolate and chocolate essence.
Chocolate malt and real dark chocolate are combined with Young’s award winning rich, full flavoured dark beer to craft a satisfyingly indulgent, but never overly sweet experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
freekyp (1694) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Dark opaque brown with large mountainous rocky tan head. Dark baker’s chocolate pervades the nose with little in the way of other aromas. Slightly thin, making it all the more drinkable, this stout is full of chocolate, but not as sweet as you might expect. Nice cocoa afteraste. Well balanced and not over the top given the name of the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cowtown57 (18) - Ft Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Quite good. Big tan head that lasts and laces down the glass. Dark coffee/chocolate flavor. Interesting aftertaste, maybe it’s alcohol, athough I can’t put my finger on it, but whatever it is I like it. Good beer!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (3058) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 28, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2004 Can with Widget Pours a dark tan with microscopic bubbles that move DOWN the edge of the glass is curvy waves. Cool to watch. I can smell the hints of chocolate already. After a min or two the head has settlked into a nice 1.5cm layer of light tan that is so uniform and dense that I can actually make small peaks in it with my finger. The lacing is doing a good ob of coating most of the glass as it goes down. Classic stout aroma with of course the semi-sweet chocolate as the predominant factor. Taste is as advertised, choc as well asdark coffee are the players here. Bitter after tom\nes typical of a stout. Not as much of a heavy thick feel as some of my favorite porters and more drinkable than the more famous Guiness. The feel is creamy and smooth and goes down easy. Stouts are typically not my favorite but I could get used to this one quite fast. Glass is half gone and the creamy head is still there. Quite good

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2004
dark black with a big thick creamy brown head,lots of lacing. lite chocolate malt taste,, big rich flavor. another good beer! something to keep around when friends come by.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2158) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Bottle. deep black with a hint of blue, has a thick tan head. sweet aroma that is inviting. taste is divine, taste is invigorating, chocolate-obviously- but also has a nice balance of other flavors. the assorted malts come through, and i think the finish is better than the intitial flavor. this begs for another sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 One of my all-time faves. It’s best from the tap (of course), but the pint can does an admirable job of recreating the lush flavor of the aforementioned tap. The bottle is okay, but like I said, it’s best experienced on tap. (If I mention ’tap’ one more time, I get a free toaster oven.) This beer is sure to please.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 This pours completely opaque with a beautiful tan head. The nose is of malt, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. The palate has smooth dark chocolate, coffee beans, a full mouthfeel, a bitter finish, and some dryness, but I wouldn’t want to drink too much of it at once.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 17, 2004
On Tap at Clark’s Ale House, Syracuse NY: Are you kidding me? This is a phenomenal brew that pours with a huge, frothy head; huge flavors of coffee, chocolate, cookie dough, cola, licorice......creamy palate and a subtle dry finish. Gotta love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
uvajed (178) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2013 Makes me think of how roasted chocolate might taste; quite tasty. Very dark color, nicely frothy smallish head. Not something I’d kill for, as I prefer drier stout, but nonetheless this is spectacularly tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8707) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2004
14.9 ounce widgeted can. Another nicely done N2 widgeted style from Young’s. Pours blacker than the night, with a great, creamy tan head and walls of lace all the way down. Aroma of malt, chocolate, slight licorice. Tastes very matly, chocolatey, with some coffee, licorice, and cognac at the finish. Very creamy, roasty, and smooth finish. Awesome. I can’t wait to try the bottled version.

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